An Interview with Soupy LaRue

Ellie D Chats with Douglas Bjur from Soupy LaRue

Ellie D Chats with Douglas Bjur from
Soupy LaRue

Who is the inspiration behind your music?

Soupy LaRue. A multidimensional entity that transcends time and space. A universal mechanism that sparks chaos simply by existing.  He is at once omnipresent and oblivious. He is our leader and our liability. He is powerful and short tempered. Soupy LaRue is the physical manifestation of unintentional significance. He is all of our ill-informed, selfish, malicious, stupid choices that create giant ripples through space-time and effect all the universes.

How do you define success in the music industry?

Are we having FUN, yet!!? 

Which music artists have influenced your musical style?

Ween, Tom Waits, Ministry, The Police, Mr. Bungle, M Ward.... Many more....

Where was your music first played, and how did your career evolve from there?

Soupy was first played in a couple of pubs in Vancouver... It was just me (Doug) at the time... Playing open mics and getting really drunk. Did some open mics with some more material after coming to Brissy. Always had fun. Then I started looking for some guys to take it to the next level and the band was born. All the boys in the band have contributed so much to the music,  and our next single is written by Jot,  our drummer. It's become much more collaborative, and the guys help me with the production and business side of things.  I couldn't do it without them and it makes it a lot more fun.

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Where did your musical journey begin?

A dirty garage just outside of Vancouver, Canada.  Cold fingers on a frozen guitar. Weed and beer and cigarettes. Acid and mushrooms. Campfires.

What do you hope to achieve through your music?

World domination?... A good night out?..A double Jack and coke, maybe....I do it for love.

What’s your proudest career moment to date?

I once met a man who kept a monkey as a pet. He taught it to roll him joints and fetch him beers. My proudest moment would have to be the time I smoked a joint with that monkey. 

What’s coming up for you over the next 12 months?

Should get our next single out soon.    Release an EP. Play some shows around the place.... Perhaps a tour down Sydney / Melbourne next year if we can pull a crowd. 

Which music artists would you consider collaborating with?

I guess I would consider collaborating with anyone... I have a pretty open mind. I mean, what's left of it anyway! Dream collab would be Al Jourgensen of Ministry. 

What words of wisdom do you have for upcoming music artists?

Don't eat yellow snow.